Posts written by Ben

“This Changes Everything”

“This Changes Everything” James Kocian/Judi Tyler When the walls around me crumble When the ground beneath me shakes When the skies above me rumble or when my heart breaks You’re there, with me, with me Oh God, You never leave This changes everything, everything This… Continue reading

Mark 3:20-35

Mark 3:20-35   With all the various competing wills taunting us to stray from God’s will, each of us might be the kingdom or house divided that cannot stand. But the Holy Spirit works in us through the word bringing God’s will to fruition. While… Continue reading

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1 Even if we could master and overcome the taunting of the devil and the world, still our own flesh taunts us. As we struggle through the daily dying of the old person and rising of the new person in us, our outer… Continue reading

Genesis 3:8-15

Genesis 3:8-15   We could have been taunted by so many things at the beginning–our nakedness, our dependence on the tree of life, our naॖvetच–but that crafty serpent chose the most alluring, telling us we could be like God. We believed that taunt and discovered… Continue reading

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy,

There’s a wideness in God’s mercy, like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in God’s justice which is more than liberty. There is no place where earth’s sorrows are more felt than up in heav’n. There is no place where earth’s failings have… Continue reading

Mark 2:23 — 3:6

Mark 2:23 — 3:6 Following the unfortunate event of receiving a speeding ticket, I usually manage to keep a heavy foot off the gas pedal. My willpower doesn’t last for long, though–a few days perhaps. Still, shame is a compelling, albeit fleeting force.   Jesus… Continue reading

Mark 2:23 — 3:6

Mark 2:23 — 3:6 Technically, Jesus’ disciples are breaking the law as they walk through the grain fields on a Sabbath day. Case law had determined that the “work” of plucking violated the command to rest on the Sabbath. But Jesus suggests that a case… Continue reading

2 Corinthians 4:5-12

2 Corinthians 4:5-12   Clay jars break, as every archeologist knows. Modern bottles break too. So ordinarily, we pour from fragile vessels in the manner for which the bottles are designed, carefully, so that none of the treasure is lost. It would be foolish, messy… Continue reading

Psalm 81:1-10

Psalm 81:1-10   It’s interesting that today’s reading focuses only on the first half of this psalm–the half that recalls God’s blessings and promise of grace to come. The final six verses that we pass over describe a God who is grieved by children who… Continue reading

Deuteronomy 5:12-15

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 In my particular Bible, the “heading” for this week’s psalm, which we’ll look at tomorrow, is “God’s Appeal to Stubborn Israel.” Indeed the commandments, and all of the law, are for the purpose of mitigating bad behavior which results from our stubborn, “I’ll… Continue reading